"stick with the old version"1.5 starson by soks1000
Pros: dynamic playlists
Cons: no mixer window
Summary: The first issue that I will mention is the fact that on a screen resolution of 1024 * 768, I cannot have the program maximized else my search bar and forward/backward buttons disappear! I can use my backspace key which is an internet explorer shortcut for back, but I want my search bar! Although it appears when Rhapsody is resized and not maximized, not having the system maximized is annoying. To get the search bar, I have to "cut off" a good chunk of the artist page that I'm looking at. That's no good.
Secondly, the absence of the mixer window is awful! I understand that now playing is in a little item all by itself, but seriously. When I am at an artist's page and I want to play songs or if I want to adjust the order in which songs are being played, I have to go back and forth from the music guide to the now playing section whereas before, all I had to do was adjust accordingly in the mixer window.
Thirdly, when you delete a track from the Now Playing window, your cursor automatically jumps back to the first song. For example, if I have a list of 20 songs, and I want to delete songs 7, 11, and 14, I usually click number 7, then press delete on my keyboard. Because my hands are now close to the arrow keys and not the mouse, I use them to move down to song 11. At this point, the highlight does not pick up from song 8 (as it previously did) but instead picks up at song 1. That is highly frustrating for a keyboard oriented person such as myself. (My job keeps me keyboard oriented.)
Fourthly, I cannot stress enough how bad I miss the mixer window. I hate using an older version of anything and really don't want to miss out on the wonderful new features you've added into version 4.0. Especially a recent bug fix that I wanted. Not only that, what if I want to update my Windows Media Player to version 11? Will I be able to stay on Rhapsody 3.1 then? What about when Microsoft makes Windows Media 12? How long? Seriously, I love Rhapsody and would not want to move to Napster or Yahoo, but they have mixer windows (last I checked.) I find this new method of "Now Playing" very un-intuitive and not user friendly. I want Rhapsody to succeed for my own selfish reasons. (I want more music added!!!) If I were new to this and just coming over to Rhapsody, the absence of the mixer window, I would have never switched from Napster. That's right. I used Napster before Rhapsody, and if it was like it is in v 4.0, I don't think I would have switched. As a matter of fact, I'm considering switching back to Napster due to this.
Like I said, I cannot stress enough how unfriendly this software has become. I have recommended Rhapsody to several people and quite a few of my friends use it now. I cannot recommend it to anyone else at this point, and I've been an advocate of it.